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Old 06-30-2017, 04:18 PM
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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We were all newbies at one point, made mistakes and learned. A good trainer can bring a lot of insight into dog behavior and how you react to it and make the years ahead much more fun.
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Old 06-30-2017, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by TerraDown View Post
Dogs feed off your vibes...
Love it!
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Old 07-01-2017, 05:39 AM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by grneyedmustang View Post
He's a mix of pretty much every sort of "Outdoor dog" there is.
How much OFF LEASH and unstructured outdoor time does he get?

Is there anything I can do?
Off leash Dog Parks on a regular basis for exposure to a lot of other dogs and other people.
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:11 AM
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An off leash dog park is a disaster waiting to happen if your dog is not tolerant or friendly towards other dogs. You don't have a right to put other dogs and people at the dog park in danger in order to train your dog.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:16 AM
Location: North Idaho
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Absolutely no off leash dog park for a dog that will snap or bite. It isn't good for a dog that is fearful, either. A timid dog will be probably be chased and that won't help the timid issue at all.

For a working dog cross pup, if you can go to the dog park off hours when no one is there and let the pup run, that would be good. But you simply can not subject other people's dogs to possible attack.

Teach the dog to fetch and run his legs off and that will do him a lot of good. A tired puppy is a good puppy.

Think about taking up some sport of active dog sport that involves training and concentration for the dog. Dogs love those sports and they learn discipline and trust: freestyle dancing with dogs (YouTube it), agility, tracking, fly ball, obedience competition. You've got a mix of working breeds and working breeds need a job.

Labradors, cattle dogs, and border collies compete in dock dog. If you have access to water, you might try that sport; lots of exercise for the dog and none for the dog's owner, which suits some folks just fine.

I think agility might be the most fun. The people who compete at agility are all fast friends and encourage each other. The dogs are maniacs about it, they love it so much.

Edited to mention that flyball isn't really good for dogs with dog aggression. Dogs are competitive and in close quarters, moving fast. Several of the dog sports, the dog is working with his handler and not directly competing with other dogs.

My cow dog has the job of picking up the supper dishes and bring them to me. Not much of a job, but he is proud of it. Unfortunately for him, the puppy has noticed how much praise he gets for it and she has recently taken the supper dish away from him and brought it to me herself. I hope it isn't going to cause kennel jealousy.

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